Our nostalgia quiz this week focuses on Stockport impressionist Mike Yarwood – one of the most popular entertainers of the 1970s and 80s.

His Yuletide special on Christmas Day 1977 recorded the biggest ever TV audience for a light entertainment broadcast – beating even Morecambe and Wise!

In his day, he was a trail-blazer. He elevated mimicry to an art and laid the foundations for a host of modern impressionists like Janet Brown, Rory Bremner, Alistair McGowan and Jon Culshaw.

How well do you know Mike Yarwood and the people he impersonated? Why not test your knowledge in our quiz and compare your score with friends?

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Before making a name for himself as an impressionist, Mike Yarwood showed great early potential as a what?

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he played for a number of amateur clubs in the Manchester area

How large was the TV audience for Mike Yarwood’s 1977 Christmas Day TV special?

Eric Morecambe joins Harold Wilson and Mike Yarwood at a Downing Street party, May 1975
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One of Mike Yarwood’s most popular impersonations, Labour leader Harold Wilson, first became Prime Minister in which year?

Harold Wilson gets the Mike Yarwood treatment, January 1977
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Mike Yarwood impersonated Tory leader Ted Heath in 1979 with Janet Brown as Margaret Thatcher. Heath famously owned his own yacht which featured in many sketches. What was it called?

Janet Brown and Mike Yarwood appearing as Margaret Thatcher and Ted Heath, December 1979
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Another Mike Yarwood subject, comedian Ken Dodd, went to the top of the UK singles charts in 1965 with what song?

Comedian Ken Dodd impersonated by Mike Yarwood, December 1968
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In what year was Mike Yarwood born in Bredbury, Stockport?

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Which politician was parodied with Mike Yarwood’s well known catchphrase ‘Silly Billy’?

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Mike Yarwood impersonated Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales, in November 1981. Actress Suzanne Danielle played Diana. Who is Suzanne Danielle’s famous golfing husband?

Suzanne Danielle and Mike Yarwood appearing as Charles and Diana, November 1981
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Which famous TV game show presenter was often parodied by Mike Yarwood with the catchphrase ‘I mean that most sincerely, folks’?

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Harold Wilson famously hosted two episodes of the TV chat show Friday Night, Saturday Morning for BBC2 in October 1979. One of his guests was Mike Yarwood, along with political interviewer Robin Day. Often impersonated himself, what TV current affairs programme did Day host from 1979 to 1989?

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